Xtend Barre, the revolutionary international fitness franchise that uses a traditional ballet barre to provide a full-body workout, is opening its first location in Manhattan. It is a concept studio, simply named XTEND, and provides innovative group classes incorporating, but not solely focusing on, barre exercises. The XTEND Tribeca studio is a 1,800 square foot facility that features the brand’s signature open and bright studio spaces, state-of-the-art equipment and technology, and contemporary lighting and design. The XTEND Tribeca studio offers a variety of innovative, adrenaline-fueled programming geared to challenge fitness-goers of any age, gender and demographic, including the brand’s signature Xtend Barre workout, as well as Xtend Suspend, Xtend Stick, Xtend Sweat and more. While traditional barre programs focus on repetition, the Xtend Barre workout is different because of its cardio-infused, energetic approach, with each class using a combination of movements that enhance flexibility, improve balance and challenge the core. Designed to leave participant’s bodies strengthened, lengthened and chiseled, these unique classes offer a workout unlike any other, establishing XTEND Tribeca as a cutting-edge concept in the New York City boutique fitness market.
Director of Training and Master Instructor
Phoenix Kay was trained at headquarters in Boca Raton, FL. Phoenix brings her musical theater and dance experience to her high-energy, engaged approach to teaching. She now leads the Tribeca instructor team, while serving as a national teacher trainer and teaching classes at the studio.
Jen de Leon was born and raised in Sydney. Jen ventured to NYC to continue her journey within the Xtend Barre network. Jen managed the brand’s flagship studio in Sydney. Jen pursued commercial dance opportunities and musical theater, by trade and currently teaches classes as a master instructor at the studio.
Ashley Kyle Miller is a professional dancer and fitness enthusiast. She has varied experience in Pilates, yoga, gymnastics and CrossFit and finds Xtend to be the perfect fit – bringing together her knowledge and passion for movement. She challenges her clients to achieve many small successes as they reach their goals and expand their boundaries. Ashley will cheer you on the whole way! When not flowing in the studio, Ashley is taking class, or singing at her red piano.
Brooke Armonaitis was born and raised in the mountains of Colorado, and received her BFA in modern dance and choreography from Marymount Manhattan College. Brooke fell in love with the workout after experiencing it with a close friend who also teaches! She makes Xtend a primary focus outside of her professional dance career with local dance companies around the city. Brooke’s class shows her passion for movement, dance and fitness and challenges the entire body.
Taylor Markarian is a professional performer, choreographer and educator from Massachusetts who teaches a challenging and inspiring Xtend class. Taylor travelled the world with international cruise company AIDA and danced on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She loves the unique method and welcoming culture of the brand and cannot wait to meet all of her new clients!
Elizabeth Lindemeier is a professional dancer and works in high end retail right in the neighborhood! Liz’s interest in a ballet based workout brought her to Xtend, and once seeing the energy in just one Xtend class she knew she wanted to cultivate her own expertise in the method. She is passionate about connecting with her clients and ensuring that they have a great time in every class. Her class movements are carefully strung together and she enjoys connecting clients’ bodies to the music and energy in the room.
Gina Ventura is a choreographer and professional dancer with a master’s degree in Dance Education from Rutgers University. Gina’s general enthusiasm for fitness and movement led her straight to Xtend! Gina loves yoga in her free time and brings a beautiful Xtend flow to each of her classes.
Taryn graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2008 and has been living in the NYC area ever since. Taryn’ s passion for Xtend started in 2011 when she tried a class with a friend – she was hooked from the first tendu. By day, Taryn works in HR for a large media and technology company. By night (and early mornings), she is a student and teacher of Xtend Barre. Taryn teaches a challenging class packed with cardio…you will feel the burn!
Samantha Martin is a professional dancer hailing from Michigan. With experience in musical theater, retail as well as dance instruction, she is versatile and creative. Sam loves yoga and weights and fell in love with Xtend because it marries so many of her interests! She is excited to teach a bubbly and energetic, yet tightly choreographed class.
Casey Wenger-Schulman, a Brooklyn native, is a professional performer with a BFA in musical theatre from CCM. As a dancer, having a strong and resilient body have always been an important part of her life, and she can’t wait to bring her love of activity to Tribeca. Casey found XTEND while performing in Washington, DC, and was instantly addicted. When she’s not at the barre, you can find her performing all over the country, or working with the company DreamStreet in downtown Brooklyn.
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